Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies

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On March 10, 2020, CMS issued QSO-20-18-HHA…Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies

This 7-page memorandum addresses (and contains links to additional information):

  • Which patients are at risk for severe disease for COVID-19?
  • How should HHAs screen patients for COVID-19?
  • How should HHAs monitor or restrict home visits for health care staff?
  • Do all patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection require hospitalization?
  • What are the considerations for determining when patients confirmed with COVID-19 are safe to be treated at home?
  • When should patients confirmed with COVID-19 who are receiving HHA services be considered for transfer to a hospital?
  • What are the implications of the Medicare HHA Discharge Planning Regulations for Patients with COVID-19?
  • What are recommended infection prevention and control practices, including considerations for family member exposure, when evaluating and caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19?
  • Are there specific considerations for patients requiring therapeutic interventions?
  • What Personal Protective Equipment should home care staff routinely use when visiting the home of a patient suspected of COVID-19 exposure or confirmed exposure?
  • When is it safe to discontinue Transmission-based Precautions for home care patients with COVID-19?
  • Protocols for Coordination and Investigation of Home Health Agencies with Actual or Suspected COVID-19 Cases

This memorandum is a must-read for all Home Health Agencies!


Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

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